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Expand Article # 2812 Pay Attention Now!
Q. If during tekias shofar during the days of Elul one notices someone that is seating down, should he admonish him and tell him to stand up.

A. The blowing of the shofar during the month of Elul is a minhag mentioned by the Tur and Rem ....


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Expand Article # 2811 Don't Blow It
Q. We daven in a backyard minyan these covid times. Some of our neighbors are not very friendly and often complain unjustly to the noise. Now that we are going to start blowing shofar, they probably are going to have a fit. Can we blow the shofar in ....


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Expand Article # 2810 Teach a Man to Fish
 Q. We have a large aquarium at home. If a fish perishes on Shabbat and puts in danger all the other fish. Can one take it out? A. Cheshed Haefod (50) permits in need to extract the dead fish when it is fit for c ....


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Expand Article # 2809 Room For Compromise?
Q. If a person is in a yichud situation, (being in the same room with a woman), may he text his friend where he is and tell the friend (who is a few blocks away) to feel free to come over at any time and ring the bell? Will that solve the issue? (S ....


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Expand Article # 2808 Blow the Whistle?
Q. (See question 2807 above) Is it true that there are videos of the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraging whistling by his farbrengens?

A. Rav Meir Wagner Shlit'a mentioned that "Yes (the Lubavitcher Rebbe did encourage whistling). At a f ....


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Expand Article # 2807 Not Worth a Whistle
Q. (See questions 2804-6 above regarding whistling on Shabbos). Is there any truth in what people say that whistling calls sheiddim?

A. Rivavos Efraim (O.H. 8: 424) indeed mentions this question, and he answers that although his Rebeh in ....


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Expand Article # 2806 Mixed Signals
Q. (See question 2805 above). Can one place a small piece of paper between the thumbs, and whistle on Shabbos?

A. Although we mentioned that it is permitted to whistle with one's mouth on Shabbos, using any instrument is not. Placing a ....


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Expand Article # 2805 Chew this Over
Q. Can one chew unflavored chewing gum on a fast day. It helps for one suffering from stress and also creates alertness. Does it depend on which fast day?

A. Poskim prohibit flavored che ....


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Expand Article # 2804 From Hand to Mouth
Q. (See question above) Can one whistle placing his fingers on his mouth on Shabbos?

Can one whistle accompanying a choir on Shabbos?

A. Aruch Hashulchan (O.H. 328: 7) rules that although one may not use his fingers to bang ....


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Expand Article # 2803 Whistling in the Wind
Q. Is one permitted to whistle a tune on Shabbos?

A. Remah (Shulchan Aruch O.H. 338: 1) ruled that one may call others attention by whistling on Shabbos. Mishna Berura (ibid 3) quotes Magen Avrohom that even if one whistles a proper tune ....


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Expand Article # 2802 First Come First Served
Q. If one has a choice to attend shul either both days of Rosh Hashana or on Yom Kippur (can't do both, such as they are not letting people in to avoid overcrowding during corona), which is better? 

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s ....


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Expand Article # 2801 The Waste of a Waste of Space
Q. A person who has a lot of food, a lot of it is good and edible but it is taking up too much space and the landlord or roommate is makpid and upset, is it baal taschis to throw some of it out (some of it I can bring to a yeshiva, some of it I can s ....


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Expand Article # 2800 In The Name of Rochel
Q. I just heard that there is an issue on naming a baby girl with the name Rochel. Can that be true?

A. The Arizal (Shaar Hapsukim – Vayetzeh) explains that the reason that the names of the Imahos (matriarchs) of our nation, contains t ....


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Expand Article # 2799 Building With Pride
Q . Why is the giving of the Torah and Aseres Hadibros read on the Shabbos after Tisha Beav, is there any connection between them?

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 114a, Brachos 64a)) writes that Talmidei Chachamim are named “banaim” or builders ....


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Expand Article # 2798 A Clean Brake
Q. Thanks you for the information. Also can I ask you if I am allowed to wash cloths tonight (Motzei Tisha Beav) and shower and changing the linens.
Thanks very much. Have a easy fast, bisuros tovos.

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H.558: 1) ....


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Expand Article # 2797 Bright And Early Shabbos II
Q. Thank you for the questions and answers which are very good.
My only comment is on the first one (2714), regarding summer days when the husband davens early Kabbolas Shabbos, if his wife have to abstain from doing melochos at that same t ....


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Expand Article # 2796 Good Mazal to the Mazal Tov
Q. I met on Tisha Beav a friend who informed me of the recent engagement of his son. I told him Mazal Tov, but then I thought maybe one should not say that on Tisha Beav. What is correct?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Bein Hametzarim 2: 76: 7) qu ....


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Expand Article # 2795 Dancing Out of Time?
Q. We have the minhag that we usually dance and sing after Kiddush Levana. Is it correct to do so on Motzei Tisha Beav also, since the avelus (mourning) still applies until the afternoon of the next day?

A. Remah (O.H. 426: 2) mentions ....


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Expand Article # 2794 A Cold Comfort?
Q. Is it allowed to go and be menachem ovel (comforting) someone sitting shiva on Tisha Beav? Before or after noon? What are the words we should one say then?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 5: 20: 22) writes that nichum avelim on Tisha Beav s ....


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Expand Article #2793 Disregard Regards
Q. Some people in my shul say that you can greet someone on Tisha Beav after chatzos (midday), when they come to daven mincha. Is that correct?

A. The prohibition of greeting on Tisha Beav applies the complete day. (Piskei Teshuvos 554: ....


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